Lord's Day 43

Topics: Ninth Commandment, Lying, Truth, Devil, Government, Love

112. Q.

What is required
in the ninth commandment?

A.
I must not give false testimony against anyone,
twist no one's words,
not gossip or slander,
nor condemn or join in condemning anyone
rashly and unheard. 1
Rather, I must avoid all lying and deceit
as the devil's own works,
under penalty of God's heavy wrath. 2
In court and everywhere else,
I must love the truth, 3
speak and confess it honestly,
and do what I can
to defend and promote
my neighbour's honour and reputation. 4
  • 1. Ps 15; Prov 19:5, 9; 21:28; Mt 7:1; Lk 6:37; Rom 1:28-32.
  • 2. Lev 19:11, 12; Prov 12:22; 13:5; Jn 8:44; Rev 21:8.
  • 3. 1 Cor 13:6; Eph 4:25.
  • 4. 1 Pet 3:8, 9; 4:8.
Copyright 2010, Standing Committee for the Publication of the Book of Praise of the Canadian Reformed Churches.
Used by permission.